Making up the global city: the financing and governing of urban infrastructural futures

Many cities around the world are struggling with how to finance and to govern their transport infrastructure. Faced with a range of economic, environmental, political and social challenges, a growing numbers of learning from each other, experimenting with a range of models. For cities in the most industrialized countries this involves both existing and new infrastructure. Moreover, the value of infrastructure is increasingly understood not just in terms of the successful movement of a city’s population. Rather, there is a sense for a city to be understood as global it must have a certain set of transport infrastructures. That is, transport infrastructure is used by those who govern cities to project them into the world economy and to position them to capture and retain global capital flows. At the same time, cities have also sought to use transport infrastructure to address issues of inequalities and social exclusion, aspiring to produce a more inclusive and just city.

This project compares how Manchester and Melbourne are approaching the financing and governing of their transport infrastructures to balance the competing demands that are being placed on them.


Prof Michele Acuto, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne

Prof Kevin Ward, The University of Manchester